Terra Mia Marrakech
What We Love
- A traditionally decorated room or villa at a laid-back Marrakech riad, with breakfastThe lovely interiors, paying tribute to the best of Moroccan design and architecture
- Exploring the medina's markets, riding horses at sunset or enjoying a round of golf
- The stunning views of the impressive Atlas mountains
Marrakech is rich in magic and mysticism, and a stay at Terra Mia Marrakech puts all this and more at your fingertips. Set apart from the city bustle, in the peaceful and glamorous Palmeraie district, the hotel invites you to experience the best of Moroccan culture while enjoying some serious R&R. The hotel’s name means “my land,” and you can feel Moroccan pride radiating from its every inch. You’ll find authentic details, like carved wooden doors from Rabat’s medina, ornate sculpted pillars in the Moorish patio, traditional Fez mosaics in the restaurant and Fassi and Berber patterns in the lounges.
Wake each morning at this TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner feeling refreshed, and perhaps enjoy a stroll through the palm, rose and fruit gardens (keep an eye out for peacocks) before savoring your fresh, delicious breakfast. Spend the rest of your day haggling for boutiques in Marrakech’s enchanting medina, taking a dip in the refreshing pool, riding horses at the equestrian center next door or teeing off on one of the three golf courses nearby. However you spend your time here, the magic of Marrakech will definitely leave you hungry for more.
Good to know
Please note that a city tax of €3.60 per person, per night is payable directly to the hotel upon check-in
Also note that complimentary Wi-Fi is available in the patio area only.
Rooms and villas
Riad rooms embrace Moroccan design and provide a spacious 270 square feet for you to stretch out in. For even more room, upgrade to a Two Room villa, boasting 1,075 square feet, a private pool, a kitchenette and room for up to four.
A light and healthy breakfast is included in your stay and can be taken in your room or out on the patio. For lunch and dinner, you can expect more substantial Moroccan fare, such as authentic tagines made with preserved lemons and olive oil from the hotel’s private groves.
Relax and recharge at Terra Mia’s traditional hammam (available to book for groups of four or more) or choose from an extensive range of beauty and massage treatments, courtesy of Renaissens Esthetique.
Terra Mia Marrakech is set on the outskirts of the city, in the Palmeriae district. You’ll find three golf courses in the surrounding area, and the center of the city, with its bustling medina, is just a 20-minute drive away. Horseback and camel rides, ATV rentals, Atlas-mountain excursions and more can be arranged via the hotel concierge.
How to Get There
This was my first time in a Riad and it is for sure different than a hotel. The rooms are all looking out on a central square in the house so I guess when it is busy that you have a bit more noise than in a hotel. As we were in Terra Mia only with 3 couples there was not much hindrens.
For Terra Mia itself, very friendly owner and personnel. Breakfast is very basic but everyday with a different touch (pancakes, juices). Lunch and diner are price quality ok. WIth a bit more flavours, the diner would have been perfect. For us the most positive was the fact that after visiting the busy, noisy, smelly city centre of Marrakech, you arrive back at the riad wich is really a beautiful place of tranquility surrounded by a beautiful garden with the Atlas mountains in the background. Free shuttle to the centre and the airport are available. Two things to improve : a single double bed in stead of 2 separate beds and wifi in the rooms.
We had a great time here and hosts Hakim and Aurelie made us feel very welcome. The Riad is a beautiful, peaceful place outside of busy Marrakesh and we chose it for that reason. We used the shuttle service, which worked absolutely fine. The times we went out in town late at night we took a taxi and once we were lucky enough that the owner gave us a ride.Terra Mia is kept very much like a traditional Riad, which was great, as the whole interior had plenty of little details and a very personal touch. The photos are absolutely representative. The rooms in the main Riad were spacious, breakfast was better than in some places in Morocco that we had been to, and all the staff were always very friendly. We always ate out in town, so we didn't try the food for lunch or dinner, but the manager gave us a few good recommendations for eating in town. Recommended!
We stayed here for 5 nights in July 2017 and almost had the place to ourselves. The rooms were lovely and had a very authentic feel. The pool was lovely and as no-one else was around we felt like millionaires. We day tripped into Marrakech and enjoyed getting lost in the souks and buying souvenirs. We ate here mostly and food was beautiful. You get your own table made up overlooking the pool and the Tagine's were very tasty as was the wine. The grounds were beautiful and full of wildlife including some local cats and a whole family of peacocks who visited us every morning at breakfast. A great experience with a truly Moroccan feel.
There are many positive points about this hotel. Staying for 12 days you get to see a much wider - and truer - picture than a shorter visit. There were also some minor negatives.
Firstly the positives. The service is genuinely very good and the staff attentive and very helpful especially the maids and driver. Raise something and they will rush to fix it or meet your needs. This kind of service is almost unknown in the West nowadays outside very top end hotels. They also adapt to your patterns, knowing when to come in and clean for example. The driver is also very accommodating on the regular runs into Marrakesh and won’t stick to rigid times. The hotel managers really try for you. Breakfast is served at the villa which is a nice touch.
I guess my issues are around consistency. The phone in the villa didn’t work for most of our stay, the water pressure was erratic and there were a few power failures (not the hotel’s fault but remember you are in Africa when even a mild storm can disrupt supply). Even the best intentions can’t make up for stuff not working. The beds were hard although that may be a cultural thing.
Meal times are a bit approximate and food can arrive well after the advised time. The food and drinks are also expensive and the menu limited with smallish portions. I had one not so great meal but the rest of the food on most days was absolutely fine.
In hot weather bottled water in the villa and a kettle would have been good rather than having to order everything - not easy when the phone doesn’t work. The Wi-fi was erratic and rarely worked which caused us problems. Again like the phone in the room this was not the hotel’s fault - the phone company was not responsive in spite of management repeatedly calling them.
Other guests have written they felt captive but there are two free shuttles a day so it’s easy to get out.
Overall I would rate as good with some very good features but it is a bit inconsistent - entirely in keeping with a country which has an emerging tourist industry. Two weeks was a bit too long for us - I think this would suit couples on romantic breaks, shorter family holidays and so on.
This visit was a gift from my girlfriend, so not sure about the costs of accommodation and i was also told where we were going when we got to the airport. Please read this with that in mind.
We stayed in the central Riad, in one on the rooms, which had everything we needed including aircon (was 46 degrees) when we visited. The person we spoke to was Malika whom organised everything with poise, ease and subtlety of suggestion. A most gracious host. The staff seem to appear and disappear like mirages in the dessert, there when you need them and absent when not. It was humbling to see the respect shown for the guests. I can highly recommend staying here, and if you are lucky enough to have guests of a similar nature to yours the stay will be most enjoyable.
A couple of things to bear in mind. We stayed here because we wanted a pool, and quiet surroundings to get out of the bustle of the Medina, but with links to get downtown easily.
1. Morocco is not cheap and is apparently rated more expensive that Singapore, despite what Easy Jet and Ryan Air will have you believe.
2. This accommodation is 12km outside of the main medina downtown area, so you need to commute if you want to go there. "BIG" taxis travel this route and are expensive to use especially 12km out of town. Little taxis are used exclusively in the medina and are relatively cheap. So car hire would be a good option to consider.
3. If not hiring a car - We had the use of a free shuttle that operates between Terra Mia and the Medina at more or less set times during the day. Times could be flexible and also depending on the number of guests etc. Also the pick up and drop off at the airport is free and fantastic. If you want to stay in the Medina at night (later than 8pm) then you need to return with a "Big" taxi - which is expensive each time.
2. This is not a self catering resort, so we had to order off the menu. Breakfast was included. The food was expensive in so far as this is what the good food would cost in a good restaurant in upper end of the scale in "town/medina". Its comparable in quality and quantity, and the ingredients are all fresh and meals cooked on site. They lay tables outside, decorated with flowers and you can dine at your leisure in really beautiful surroundings.
Recommendations. Hiring a car will give you a lot of flexibility and staying at this resort is a great way to be out of the hustle of the Medina. I would say this place is quite romantic and suitable for couples. But also just as cool for kids, of which we saw and were well behaved. The vibe at the central Riad is obviously dependant on the nature of other guests, unless you can afford a separate unit. The management have a very light touch so do not expect them to moderate behaviour. Noise - Marrakech is flat so noise travels. The resort is situated a fair way from the main road, but people with sensitive hearing will be aware of traffic as well as the flights at the airport (which is a long way away) depending on wind direction. Nothing that bothered us and certainly quieter than closer to town.
We had a few minor issues during our stay but none that would stop us recommending this place 100%. Very nice.